Friday, July 20, 2012

The church on rights, duties and the culture of death
William Newton of the International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria:
The culture of death severs the connection between rights and duties. This is particularly evident in the case of euthanasia, because here a right is claimed – a right to die – without any correlative duty. Yet, true rights always have a correlative duty because a right is precisely a power to fulfill a duty. So, for example, the right to religious liberty is founded on the duty to seek the truth about God: first duty, then right. Understood in this way, there can be no right to die since there is no duty to die.
Reminds me of Mark in Spokane.

The reigning Pope:
An overemphasis on rights leads to a disregard for duties.

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